Civil War Era Drawings
Through Jan. 12, 2014
In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, this exhibition includes more than 100 drawings by artists working for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper during the Civil War years and immediately following. These early “embedded” journalists recorded their first-hand impressions of war, daily life during wartime, and other aspects of 19th-century American culture.
This era saw the rise of weekly topical illustrated magazines and newspapers and a much more rapid dissemination of news than previous generations had ever experienced.
The war coverage provided by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated and other similar publications, like Harper’s Weekly (both found in the collection at Clayton) was of vital importance to a population trying to stay informed of current happenings and the circumstances of loved ones in the military. Even after the war, collectors like Henry Clay Frick (who was a teenager during the war) often added bound volumes of the war years of these illustrated papers to their libraries.